Life is Too Short for Food to be Fast

A friend of mine is dying.  Well,… I suppose to be exact, dying faster than the rest of us, and considerably earlier than originally planned.  I have lost family and many friends already, and the rate at which they are disappearing seems to be accelerating (a testament to the inexorable march through calendars that I prefer to ignore).  No more birthdays for me; the absence of cake notwithstanding.

M cake

I can’t help but believe that the faster we try to make life move around us, the more quickly we move toward the end. Particularly when it comes to two things that consume the vast majority of our lives:  occupation and food, or activity and fuel.  The former, we are served most purely by our passions.  I have written about this already (previous posts below) and, of course, have more to say (later).  The concept here is best expressed in a poignant commentary by Steve Jobs.

Regarding the latter, and arguably more difficult to change, dietary habits are locked up by mountains of nutritional misinformation. Incredibly both in the human and the horse industry, we recognize more and more drugs bear less and less answers.  Small factions of those worlds are beginning to grasp that health, healing and superior performance lie in real nutrition and very fundamental fuel (food) sources.  Fruits vs Fritos; Vegetables vs Vinnie’s Pizza

fruits and veggies                      junk food

Ok… so I’m a little biased, but geez the stuff on the right is even the same color!  There’s just no way that is going to be cool for helping you last a few extra eons.

I suppose it’s a little like wanting everything, but somehow I believe there’s value in life.  Much of that value is in living as healthy a life as possible for as long as we live.  I’m grateful I’m able to be around for my friends when life isn’t lasting as long as we had hoped.  I just wish we had all taken better care of each other, earlier.



About michellenihei

Bachelor of Science, University of Saskatchewan Diplomate in Veterinary Science, University of Saskatchewan Master of Science, University of Saskatchewan Doctor of Philosophy, University of Kentucky Post-Doctoral and Jr. Faculty, Johns Hopkins University, MD Assistant trainer to Christopher Speckert, Rebecca Maker, Todd Pletcher Independent business owner and racehorse trainer; StabelLab Evangelist
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3 Responses to Life is Too Short for Food to be Fast

  1. Doc C says:

    I honestly believe, that if there was a fruit/vegetable/salad drive thru place, I could live longer… at least I feel I could. Sure, all the fast food places I do visit have salads on the menu, but it isn’t a fair fight when people “like me” see a side by side comparison of a double-cheese-this-and-that sitting next to a house salad… It’s like watching a match race between Wise Dan and a $10K claimer… no contest!

    What this world really needs is a place that ONLY serves fruits and vegetables in all their beautiful colors. Because you see, I still only have time for a drive thru because I haven’t learned how to manage my OTHER passion yet (my job). I promise I would make a concerted effort to turn the car into THAT drive thru, coast up to the speaker and proudly order: bananas, strawberries and blueberries please… At least I feel I could.

    • So then do we revisit the idea of “planning ahead”? After all, lunchtime will happen…regardless of whether the sky falls or you get busier… “Failing to plan is planning to fail”. I don’t remember who said that; I’m pretty sure they were right.

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